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Obama Education Reform

Education Losers Now Recovering

Richard Whitmire | Posted 01.23.2014 | Education
Richard Whitmire

ow often does Tennessee get cited nationally for producing great academic gains for its children? Almost never, about the same number of times Washington, D.C., gets touted for its superior academic results.

Learning And Understanding: The Power of The Residential University

Thomas A. Kazee | Posted 01.23.2014 | College
Thomas A. Kazee

The din of voices clamoring for educational reform, including President Obama's, has threatened to drown out attention to what should be a key driver of our national educational policy. How do we ensure that college graduates in this country have a fundamental understanding of how society works -- how the complex pieces of our social order fit together?

Obama Promises Face Rocky Path Forward

AP | PHILIP ELLIOTT | Posted 06.04.2013 | Politics

The issue: One in 4 Americans doesn't earn a high school diploma on time. The nation lags internationally in the percentage of young people who compl...

Congress Cedes Authority to the Obama Administration... Yet Again

Margaret Spellings | Posted 03.23.2013 | Education
Margaret Spellings

In the name of progress and prosperity for our country, we must open ourselves up to a host of educational strategies, options and experiments to advance student learning. We must hold firm that with an education and a dream, every American can make his or her own success.

Obama Shifts Forward as Education Gap Widens

Mark Shriver | Posted 04.14.2012 | Education
Mark Shriver

Last week, the Obama administration granted waivers to ten states, freeing them from well-intentioned but unrealistic rules under the No Child Left Behind Act.

Live by your Word, Mr. President

Nikhil Goyal | Posted 03.31.2012 | Home
Nikhil Goyal

Education does not need to be reformed -- it needs to be revolutionized. Educators, politicians, students, and parents needs to ask themselves: How can we make school the best hours of a kid's day?

Compete to Succeed in Motown

Annis Brown | Posted 01.03.2012 | Education
Annis Brown

Here's a new headline: growing evidence from hundreds of schools across the country demonstrates that we can turn the tide on American students' reading and math scores.

Education Nation or Education Corporation?

Cliff Schecter | Posted 12.21.2011 | Education
Cliff Schecter

Although some people really want to improve the system for our children, there are also those who see our schools as a way to bring about their vision of a 21st century America -- which sometimes looks a lot like 1984.

Just Cause, or "Just 'Cause"?

Sabrina Stevens | Posted 11.30.2011 | Education
Sabrina Stevens

Eliminating "tenure" may be politically popular, but eroding due process and the 'just cause' standard creates an environment where even good teachers can be fired just 'cause it serves some other interest.

Obama's Weekly Address: President Pushes For Education Reform

AP | DARLENE SUPERVILLE | Posted 11.24.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama says kids and the economy will benefit from the changes he's making in education policy and his plan to spen...

Lack Of Resources Is No Excuse For Mediocrity

Brock Cohen | Posted 05.29.2011 | Education
Brock Cohen

Politicians and pundits extol the necessity of a "21st-century education" and yet, what do we get? Another round of teacher layoffs and repeated hatchet blows to the school calendar.

Obama Pushing Congress On Education Reform

AP | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON — Urging Congress to send him a new education law by fall, President Barack Obama focused Monday on the big concerns of parents and l...

Turning Around the Administration's Turnaround Policy

John Thompson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Education
John Thompson

Turnarounds need to be intense, but reformers must also take the time to lay a foundation for dramatic improvements.

To the Man with the Audacity of Hope: Let's Make Good on Cradle to Career

Susan Ochshorn | Posted 05.25.2011 | Education
Susan Ochshorn

Get back to the cradle, Mr. President, to the scientists in the crib, to those magical years of early childhood, where our country's future lies.

Obama Putting Education At Front Of His Agenda, But Trouble Lurks

AP | ERICA WERNER | Posted 05.25.2011 | Education

WASHINGTON — Signs of trouble are arising for President Barack Obama's plan to put education overhaul at the forefront of his agenda as he adjus...

Fire Our Way to Better Education: Is Common Sense MIA?

Rita M. Solnet | Posted 05.25.2011 | Education
Rita M. Solnet

Please explain to me, a F500 business woman, Chamber of Commerce member, and parent, how firing 6-10 percent of teachers annually will improve the quality of education in our nation?

It Takes A Movement: Moral Centering And Political Recalibration

Jim Wallis | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Jim Wallis

An election like this one always calls for both moral centering and political recalibration. Leaders of both parties were talking the morning after the election about cooperation to solve the nation's problems. That will likely also take a movement.

Principal Boosts Hispanic Performance At Texas High School

Posted 05.25.2011 | Education

National attention has turned to Hispanic educational achievement following President Obama's latest executive order. Dr. Joe Gonzales, Principal at ...

Obama Defends Education Policy, Takes On Teachers Unions

AP | JULIE PACE | Posted 05.25.2011 | College

WASHINGTON — Challenging civil rights organizations and teachers' unions that have criticized his education policies, President Barack Obama sai...

Obama To Deliver Education Reform Speech Thursday

AP | Posted 05.25.2011 | College

WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama will deliver an education reform speech Thursday morning at the National Urban League's 100th Anniversary Co...

When Reforming Education Means Destroying Communities

Bruce Dixon | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Bruce Dixon

Race to the Top's wholesale dismantlement of public education and the scattering of public school workforces will have profound consequences well beyond education for inner city communities.

Harlem Comes To Hungary

Dan Collins | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York
Dan Collins

Geoff Canada looks to be taking on the most unusual challenge of his career. The Harlem Children's Zone founder is in talks to bring his cradle-to-college education formula to the Roma (Gypsy) children of Hungary.

Student Government Fills in the Gaps

Stephen Ratner | Posted 05.25.2011 | College
Stephen Ratner

With the recent coverage of tuition hikes and talks of President Obama's plan to reform education lending, it's increasingly clear that the future of students' educations are in the hands of individuals.

Obama Proposes Sweeping Education Reforms, New Federal Commitment To Kids

AP | DORIE TURNER | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

ATLANTA — President Barack Obama is promising parents and their kids that with his administration's help they will have better teachers in impro...

Education and the End of 'Why'

Carol Smaldino | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Carol Smaldino

Given the facts on the ground, our President's current attempts to make all education standards uniform negates the essence of what makes this country what it is: diverse.